This appears to be one of those books that having read the beginning, the middle and the end one still hasn't the faintest idea why it was written.
Certainly not a Regency in the classic sense but it does have stereotypes and a hero? who travels round Europe in what appears to be in either a drunken or drugged haze.
I strongly doubt any chandelier cost 5,000 pounds in Regency times.
Ball rooms on the second floor? Possibly but at the time in England there would be a ground floor, then above a first floor and then a second floor. Very unlikely.
There are a few unique interpretations of historical characters as well but the story starts off reasonably well.
Some of the author's works show promise although I get the impression she could do with a good proof reader.
For example Captain is a police rank in the US, it is not a police rank in the UK, there the nearest would probably be inspector and that sort of slip up gets in the way of the story.
I was always taught that good type setting was invisible. The message was the important thing.
When you find yourself starting to look for typos as entertainment you start to wonder about the ability of the story to entertain.
One of the problems of self publishing is you get half a dozen authors whom a conventional publisher would have screened out for every author who is worth reading. Anna Elliott makes up for the ones you'd prefer had been screened out.
It has its own style, with well observed and described characters and the story gradually twists its way to the end.
Very well researched, the Battle of Waterloo isn't perhaps the most cheerful of subjects but the descriptions and characters are well drawn. The plot and subplots twist and intertwine nicely.
Thank you for writing it.
Melodramatic, sinister, with people seeking revenge and odd wills.
The term "Penny Dreadful" comes to mind rather than traditional Georgian or Regency.
The author seems to have little understanding of how businesses were run at that time and seems to have based the entire story on a false assumption.
A very enjoyable traditional Georgian / Regency romance by an experienced English author so the historical details are accurate. She has a number of books released in large print and as the publisher says if you're printing in large print then you only print the very best.
The author has her own style of writing some descriptive historical parts are interesting but I got the impression that the second half of the book was almost a separate book with chapters added to makeup the length. Not a 5 star but certainly parts are worth reading. A sort of traditional regency.
So so, characters seem to pop up then disappear fairly regularly and odd bits of the plot seem to be left drifting and unexplained but parts are fairly well written. A moral Traditional Regency if that makes sense.
A reprint if you can call it that from 1992, when it was released in both hardback and paperback. A traditional Georgian / Regency romance with a background of Tunbridge Wells and the country. Lesser characters include a huge pig at the fair, and a band of gipsies camped out on the Marquess's land.
Very enjoyable and well worth reading.
Traditional style Regency but appears to be only published in ebook format. Still very well written.
This one has an interesting ending. One sentence from the book that I particularly enjoyed.
"‘Clare!’ uttered her father bodingly, shoving his thumbs behind his lapels and drawing himself up straighter, and assuming an expression of severity in which Clare had no belief whatsoever."
Traditional Regency, first published by Zebra in 2004. Calibre converts the rft version to epub quite nicely since epub doesn't seem to be available but the author comes up as Vicky Hinshaw, and the title oddly enough as "Henry Marlowe, a widower".
Some Victoria Hinshaw's I like more than others. This is one I quite like. Traditional Regency, first published by Zebra in 2004? Calibre converts the rft version to epub quite nicely since epub doesn't seem to be available but the author comes up as Vicky Hinshaw, and the title oddly enough as "cordelias-corinthian".
Although listed as being by Ava Stone on Smashwords the ebook is in fact a collection of short stories only one of which is by Ava Stone.
All the authors appear to be American and it shows in this sort of historical book based in Britain. Personally I would not class it as a traditional Regency. In some of the stories if the just the heroes were replaced by American millionaires it would probably read as a contemporary romance no other changes would be necessary.
The Ava Stone short story wasn't too bad, Samantha Grace's contribution was readable and those two meant it didn't get a single star, Aileen Fish, Julie Johnstone, Jerrice Knight Catania, and Lilia Birney's contributions I must confess I skimmed.
All in all probably given the price not one of the best value for money reads on smashwords.
An interesting Science Fantasy, sort of parallel universe sort of thing. One in which the butler would dispatch the dog cart to the station in 1818. Passenger railways arrived a little later than this 1818 especially in the south of England. There are other subtle differences in the parallel universe as well. In England at the time some prisoners were transferred to serve in the Royal Navy but they were transferred directly on board ship and wouldn't be allowed to drink in the ale house before hand nor would they be transferred to a commercial ship.
The book deals with wife beating, gypsy fortune tellers, unmarried mothers, forced marriages, people being burnt alive deliberately, homosexuality and its problems in Regency times. Oh and one mustn't forget the hero with his dark problems and rage that can only be solved by the love of the heroine.
I wouldn't say this was a traditional Regency but if you are into science fantasy it may appeal. If it was supposed to be a Regency then it needs proof reading by a good editor to take out the anomalies.
A complex subject background that is handled by an author who has some background in the subject in a very black and white way.
However it does give some insight as to why Americans are happy to live with the roughly $1,000 a year per person their legal system costs.
If you like to think of lawyers as heroes then this book may well be for you. It wasn't for me.
This type of Science Fiction is not my usual book fodder these days but the book is readable. First I had to strip off the fonts and the formatting in Calibre before my epub reader Moonplus reader pro would display it correctly. It starts fairly slowly, it took me to chapter three to get into it but once it starts to roll it improves. Keeping track of who is who I found a little difficult at times, many of the names are similar. I understand one of the authors has a science background and its noticeable that no major liberties are taken on the science side, the quality of writing is not to Terry Pratchett's standard with multiple references at different levels in the same sentence but it uses a number of the same techniques and of course has the mandatory guild of assassins.
For a first self published book its not too bad.
Probably a little more expensive than many of the books on Smashwords but it is well written. Author's who recycle Jane Austin's characters tend to be two a penny and normally I avoid them but Anna Elliott does it very well and manages to write in a style that includes many small domestic details so well worth reading.
Comedy can be difficult and different cultures find different things amusing, I think the author and I are from different cultures. Set in the Regency period but not a traditional Regency many of the characters wouldn't be out of place in a modern American setting.
An interesting book by an American author and worth reading. There are a few small oddities that stand out, would a successful merchant's daughter have been admitted to Almack's? The hero, a doctor, would have been much lower on the social scale than they are presently in the USA and finally why would the heroine and maid wait until after dinner before setting out in a coach to travel to London. Travel by night was normally restricted to full moon but for a journey of 100 miles even with excellent horses it would take two days at eight miles per hour and normally it would take three. It would be very unusual for a women to travel alone even with her maid.
The subject is interesting as is the tale but a little more historical research would have added more credibility.
The epub version seems to be set in Times Roman a serif typeface that is best suited to 300 dots per inch on a screen a sans serif typeface works better.
Generally short sentence length, frothy, readable, the heroine could probably be slipped into a contemporary tale with little change in her dialogue.
A non-traditional Regency written by an American author who has a passion for history rather than knowledge. It would appear that all her heroines jump into bed with their heros without worrying about marriage vows etc.
The first story is a little far fetched but just about believable. The second might appeal if you have a taste for young boys being flogged, the threat of fourteen year girls olds being sent to a brothel. The villain in the story appears to be a guardian grandfather but there is very little logic in his actions. The author would do much better not to mention amounts of money, the amounts she mentions in the story are quite unbelievable and totally unrealistic. Also she doesn't seem to understand commerce for example why mills were normally located where they were.
I must confess I didn't attempt the third story.
Fairly expensive, stodgy, and keep a notepad to hand to keep track of the character's names. I suspect the author was paid by the character.
Certainly not in the same class as Georgette Heyer or Elizabeth Bailey for example.
If you skip the formal academic introduction its simply a very enjoyable book. With a science background I always tend to think that books are to be enjoyed and not dissected but people studying the Arts side of things may feel differently and it is worthy of Academic study.
Traditional Regency yes, but very well constructed based on letters of the time period. One of those very rare books that deserves six stars out of five. If Jane Austin appeals then this one will almost certainly appeal.
I see the book is tagged as Fantasy, its far more that than a Regency. Perhaps a bit of basic historical research might have helped?
It feels as if its an American author who has little knowledge of England or the period and it shows.
Diane Farr is an established writer who has written a number of interesting traditional regencies. The heroine in this one develops in character during the length of the book. Some of her other books are a little lighter.
Interesting book reasonably priced. I'd probably recommend John Playford's The English Dancing Master to the author as a source of dances danced at this time. Traditional Regency 100% historically accurate probably not but a lot better than many and it does look as if some effort was made on the research side. 3 stars maybe 4, thanks for writing it.
Unfortunately the story doesn't hang together for me. For example tenancies were normally one year which suited both sides as rents could then be adjusted according to the yields. ie crop yields down then rents would also be adjusted down.
Travelling from Bath to London setting off later in the morning than one of the characters would fine, but arriving in London that evening would be travelling at speed unknown in these times. There were one or two other points that started to grate as I read so not for me.
There appears to be three stories with four authors. The first tale is well worth the modest price for the collection. The other two weren't quite so entertaining. I still haven't worked out which author wrote which story and there are a number of chapter ones and prologs at the end.
There is a page with titles and authors but the tales appear to be untitled in my ebook reader so although I thoroughly enjoyed the first tale I still don't know what is was called or who wrote it.